4 Easy Steps: How to Get a Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card

Applying for a PA medical marijuana card is fast, simple and secure with MMJ Card Online. Thousands of U.S. applicants trust our services each year for new MMJ card applications, as well as renewals. We proudly partner with licensed medical doctors across Pennsylvania, giving patients access to fast, reliable, expert consultations and MMJ card approvals in minutes. Complete the process in just four easy steps:

Get Your Patient Number by Registering with the PA Medical Marijuana Program

The first step is to visit the PA Department of Health website and complete a short form with the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program to get your patient number. You’ll need this patient number in order to schedule your online consultation with MMJ Card Online.

*A fast MMJ card approval in Pennsylvania is all about finding the right physician. MMJ Card Online is partnered with dozens of telemedicine doctors throughout the state, and can quickly link patient applicants with a licensed medical provider that can access your medical history, evaluate qualifying conditions, and conduct a basic medical cannabis consultation. Approval rates are nearly 100% for patients who qualify under one of Pennsylvania’s qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.


Fill Out the MMJ Card Online Submission Form

Once you have your patient number through the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program, fill out the submission form above to schedule an online appointment with a Pennsylvania state-registered physician or physician assistant. MMJ Card Online gets patients in touch with registered PA medical marijuana doctors, and in many instances, approval is completed in just minutes.MMJ Card Online only uses PA doctors that are registered with the state’s Department of Health as a Medical Marijuana Approved Practitioner.

*Be advised that during your consultation, the physician may need to ask questions regarding your medical history. Online appointments with MMJ Card Online typically take 15-20 minutes, during which time you will discuss your medical condition(s) and outline why you believe MMJ will help.


Complete Your Telemedicine Consultation From Home

During your online telemedicine consultation, the physician will discuss current symptoms, medical history, and evaluate you to ensure you are a qualified patient under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. If qualified, the doctor will then register you with the State of Pennsylvania.


Submit Your Application to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program!

Completed Pennsylvania medical marijuana card applications must include an electronic copy of a valid government-issued photo ID, as well as accompanying paperwork filed online. One of the key benefits of applying through MMJ Card Online is that our network of licensed healthcare providers take care of this process for you. The cost for the consultation and evaluation is $149 ($99 for renewals) in addition to a mandatory $50 state application fee, which the doctor will submit to the Pennsylvania Patient and Caregiver Registry.

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How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania (Step-by-Step Guide)

  • Fill out the submission form at the top of this page (ensure you have a state-issued ID or driver’s license, as well as an updated home address to prove you are a PA resident)
  • Complete an online consultation with a Pennsylvania medical marijuana doctor that is part of the Medical Marijuana Approved Practitioners registry
  • Pay the $199 fee ($149 consultation fee plus a $50 state application fee). (PA MMJ renewal applications are $99). Applicants participating in Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC may qualify to have the $50 fee waived).
  • Submit an online application with the State of Pennsylvania (this will also be taken care of by the doctor who does your consultation).
  • Receive your official PA MMJ card in the mail! (Physical cards may take several weeks to be delivered, but you will receive an email from the PA MMJ Registry that you can print off and use temporarily until your card arrives).

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card Qualifying Conditions

In order to be eligible for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, applicants must be over the age of 18 and able to prove PA residency. Furthermore, there are over 20 medical conditions that can ensure eligibility for an MMJ card in Pennsylvania:

  • Tourette syndrome
  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Terminal illness
  • Cancer (including remission therapy)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • CNS damage
  • Spasticity
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable or chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • PTSD
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Huntingdon’s disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Intractable seizures
  • MS

Medical Marijuana Card Renewal in Pennsylvania

Thus far, we have looked at the basics of getting a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card. However, there is plenty more relevant information which we include below. At one time, it was necessary to complete a standard renewal process. However, MMJ patients have not needed to renew their registration since July 2020. Nonetheless, you should note that the card is only valid for a year and patients must take certain steps to ensure it is updated.

Sixty days before the card expires, the state will send you an email. This is a signal for you to schedule another consultation with a doctor to receive another certification. Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to use the same physician as before; of course, you can rely on MMJCardOnline to help you.

After receiving your new certification, you can expect to receive an updated card in the mail. If you have changed address since last year, update this information on the patient portal. For the record, the renewal fee is $50, along with the cost of the doctor’s consultation. However, if you qualify for a fee reduction, the cost is halved to $25.

Caregiver Rules

As an MMJ patient in Pennsylvania, you can select a caregiver to purchase, possess and administer medical marijuana on your behalf. Having up to two caregivers is possible, and all minors are legally required to have a parent or legal guardian acting as a caregiver.

Incidentally, the state program has a separate caregiver profile from the patients. The caregiver can update their details and help up to five MMJ patients. You can only select someone to be a caregiver if they meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 21+
  • A resident of PA with proof of address and residency
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Have no convictions for controlled substances offenses within the last five years

The caregiver process involves a fingerprint appointment that can delay their application for up to six weeks.

A Brief History of Cannabis in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana after Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 into law in April 2016. At the time, there were fewer qualifying medical conditions than now, and patients were only allowed to access non-smokable forms of marijuana. Attempts to fully legalize the substance have failed, so residents can only access MMJ for now.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Laws and Rules

According to state law, possessing any amount of marijuana without an MMJ card is a misdemeanor crime that could result in a 30-day prison term. You could receive the same sentence if found distributing weed for no remuneration.

If caught in possession of over 30 grams, it is a more serious misdemeanor, with a possible jail term of one year as the penalty. If you sell over 30 grams illegally, it is a felony crime, and you could receive a 5-year stint in prison if convicted. The same penalty applies for cultivating any number of marijuana plants.

Several PA municipalities have effectively decriminalized marijuana possession, but it is dangerous to assume that you’ll “get away with it.” In reality, applying for an MMJ card is best to get the legal protection it provides.

What Types of Cannabis Products Can I Purchase in PA?

The initial restriction on smoking marijuana flower remains in effect. Therefore, you can only buy the following products:

  • Oils
  • Liquids or tinctures
  • Pills
  • Topicals

While dry cannabis is available, you can only nebulize or vaporize it.

How Much Cannabis Can I Buy & Possess?

Pennsylvania doesn’t have a specific purchasing limit. Instead, you can buy a 90-day supply with your doctor deciding on the amount. The limit was increased from a 30-day supply in June 2021. It is essential to note that you can’t buy MMJ in the state until you have a seven-day supply of cannabis or less.

Also, your certification may outline certain restrictions on the method of cannabis consumption. Once again, this decision is made by your physician.

Where Can I Legally Purchase MMJ in Pennsylvania?

Over 160 MMJ dispensaries are operating legally in PA. However, there are concerns over big companies dominating the market. Six brands are responsible for running more than half the dispensaries in the state.

Can I Take My MMJ to a Different State?

No. Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, so it is illegal to transport it across state lines. Furthermore, Pennsylvania does not have reciprocity with any other state. Consequently, if you have a PA MMJ card, it only enables you to buy medical marijuana within the state.

Is It Legal to Grow Marijuana in PA?

No. It is a felony to cultivate medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, even if you have a valid MMJ card.

FAQ: Applying for an MMJ Card in Pennsylvania

How Long Does It Take to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania?

Online approval with a telemedicine doctor can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. Once approved, the doctor will submit your application to the official Pennsylvania MMJ registry. Within hours, you should receive an email which you can print off and use to temporarily purchase meds from an official Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary. Your physical MMJ card should arrive in the mail within three weeks from your application submission date.

What If I Don’t Get Approved After My Consultation with a Pennsylvania MMJ Physician?

We will provide you with a full refund. However, we should point out that MMJCardOnline users have an extremely high success rate to date.

How Much Does a Medical Card Cost in Pennsylvania?

Completing the application with MMJ Card Online involves a $149 consultation fee ,plus a $50 state application fee (These will both be payable at the same time to the doctor that does your consultation). Medical cannabis card renewal applications are $99., and applicants participating in Medicaid, PACE/PACENET, CHIP, SNAP, or WIC may qualify to have the $50 state application fee waived. 

Can Minors Use Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania?

Yes, but a caregiver (typically a parent or legal guardian) must complete the application on their behalf. Caregivers, parents, legal guardians, and spouses of minors can possess and administer marijuana on behalf of the minor with a Safe Harbor Letter.

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